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Solar Gem Greenhouse

Welcome to Solar Gem Greenhouse – manufacturer of the best backyard greenhouse in North America since 1991. Are you ready to grow your dream garden, year-round, right in your own backyard? Our one-piece and easily portable fiberglass greenhouse is designed for gardening enthusiasts of all skill levels. Best built, best warrantied backyard greenhouse We make […]

Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard Swiss chard is nutrient-packed chameleon of the vegetable world comes in a variety of colors and is a superb, year-round stand-in for lettuce, spinach and celery. Swiss chard is bursting with nutrients, including vitamins K, A, C and E, plus several B vitamins, magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron, dietary fiber and a great source […]

February Greenhouse Planting

Tips for February Greenhouse Planting  This is a great time to begin some cool weather crops such as lettuce, broccoli and radish seeds. Who does not love  garden lettuce freshly grown in their greenhouse. A great February growing tip. Salad anyone? Lettuce – February Greenhouse Planting : lettuce seeds get planted in rich, well-drained soil  and near […]

Turkeys in the Greenhouse

Greenhouse Growing and soil care

You’ll be amazed by the many uses of a Solar Gem backyard greenhouse. Not only can you use it to grow crops in cold weather to extend the growing season, you can also use it to provide food and shelter for poultry and livestock. (photo by M. Howe, a Solar Gem owner) Another benefit of […]

Family enjoying their solar gem greenhouse

School is back in. Let’s teach kids to garden!

It isn’t a big secret that the education of our children has greatly evolved over time; the incorporation of computers and IPad’s as aids to learning, keeping up with the latest technology, teaching about new discoveries and cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, while never forgetting the importance of reading, writing, and arithmetic. It’s the basics which used […]

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A July 4th reflection: American self-reliance

From the pilgrims, to Colonial times, to the clarion call of “Manifest Destiny” in our push across the untamed west, American self-reliance has been a proudly defining trait of our nation’s forebears. Today, with financial, climatological, political, and security uncertainties abounding, that spirit of “improvise, adapt, and overcome” has returned in spades. Strength and preparation […]

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The amazing economics of vegetable gardening

By now, just about everyone is aware of California’s drought and the impact it is having on America’s food production and the prices folks pay for their fresh and frozen vegetables. With this as the backdrop, it’s time to look at the economics of vegetable gardening. Dollars and sense – the economics of vegetable gardening First, […]

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Health benefits of backyard vegetables!

Mom was right after all. Vegetables ARE the elixir for much that ails us, much that our body needs for health and balance, and much that our body requires to fight off disease and aging. The health benefits of home grown, backyard vegetables just can’t be ignored. Remember how you stared at your dinner plate […]

Backyard Gardening (and California’s drought)

It seems that with every ominous new story of climatological catastrophe in California, the critical importance and future of backyard gardening gets a little clearer. What was once a quaint hobby for many is now taking on far greater significance, and grabbing ever more headlines, as people across North America (indeed, the globe) are taking […]

9 Best Reasons To Grow Your Own Vegetables

Lists. They are ubiquitous these days. We make lists, we read lists, we share lists, we organize ourselves with lists, we motivate with lists, and we’re endlessly entertained by others who make lists for us that rank things. Who gets to decide how things are ranked, what are the rules, is there a governing body […]